>> reporter: are the tripthe trip never happened. on april 14th, laura had a conversation with her father that she'll never forget. >> the conversation was, hey, dad, i just called to say hi and i love you. i have this exam. he said, i love you, too. he said, i'm sure you're going to do great on the exam. you always do. you're just like your are mom. >> reporter: the next day, april 15th, ray woke up and told patty he was going to play hooky. she wasn't surprised. he had done it before. >> i said, time to get up. and he said, i don't think i'm going to go to work today. i think i'm going to take today o. i said, fine, good for you. >> reporter: patty went to work. she was a clerk in ray's office. ray called about 11:30 that morning. he told her he had taken his fun little mini for a spin on the country roads near their home. he often did that. he loved to go for long drives. so she thought nothing of it. >> and he said, you know, i'm driving down 192 and i won't be able to come home. i said, fine, no problem. he said, i love you.